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Apple Apparently Finds Last-Minute HealthKit Problems, Pulls Compatible Third-Party Apps

healthkit-logoApple appears to have discovered a significant last-minute issue with its HealthKit services for iOS 8, a problem that will result in a delay for the launch of new and updated apps that include HealthKit functionality. Apple reportedly has pulled HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store and is confirming this issue to affected developers. As highlighted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, both CARROT Fit and MyFitnessPal have disappeared from the App Store after being updated with HealthKit support earlier today.

While the exact issue is unclear, it is certainly significant that one of the key features of iOS 8 does not appear to be ready to launch on time and that it is having a significant effect on third-party developers who have prepared their apps to take advantage of the new feature.

Apple introduced HealthKit alongside its new iOS 8 Health app as part of a new initiative into the health and fitness marketplace. The feature taps into data from sensors within the iPhone, as well as from accessories and manual data input. HealthKit will also be key for the launch of the heart rate sensor-enabled Apple Watch early next year.

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65 months ago
SMS Relay, iCloud Drive and now HealthKit all delayed.

Way to go Apple.
Rating: 18 Votes
65 months ago
Doesn't sound healthy.
Rating: 17 Votes
65 months ago
Fair enough, pull it and fix it.
Rating: 15 Votes
65 months ago
maybe it needs that extra 1GB of ram after all. LOL. oh boy. wheres my HTC one? That was really ever the only iPhone killer.

Rating: 13 Votes
65 months ago
Complaining about the SMS relay "delay" is dumb as obviously it is a feature that requires Yosemite which is not available at this time.
Rating: 11 Votes
65 months ago
I think this release cycle of a major OS release every year is starting to become unsustainable.
Rating: 9 Votes
65 months ago
This really isn't a pivotal decision for iOS 8. There will likely be an 8.0.1 or 8.1 update that reinstates the feature. Even if iOS 8 doesn't have all of its features at launch, we can be glad that Apple doesn't follow the footsteps of other device manufacturers and release something before it's ready. It's quality over timely release.
Rating: 8 Votes
65 months ago
Say it with me...

... "IT JUST WORKS..." :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
65 months ago

Scotty, we miss you.

Yeah because maps was so awesome when it launched.
Rating: 7 Votes
65 months ago

SMS Relay and iCloud drive are most likely delayed intentionally to be released along side Yosemite.

And it's better for them to pull it and fix it rather than deploy it with a bug and then fix it. It's a side effect of release on a time cycle rather than when all of the software is bug free; sometimes we don't get all the features we expect if they aren't ready in time.

This. SMS Relay and iCloud Drive don't really work without Yosemite anyways so why would they release them now? "Here's a feature that you can use if your're a developer or beta tester." Better to highlight them with the release of Yosemite next month.
Rating: 7 Votes

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